In 1991 the Papua New Guinea Parliament reintroduced the death penalty. Direct killing by the State became an authorized way to punish a criminal.
With the Pacific Games coming soon to Papua New Guinea, sport will be a topic of interest for many people. At this time your Bishops wish to offer a reflection on the value of sport and ways that we can all benefit.
On the first Sunday of Advent last year Pope Francis proclaimed the beginning of a Year of Consecrated Life that will end on 2 February 2016, the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple. 2015 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium which speaks of religious in its sixth chapter and of the Decree Perfectae Caritatis on the renewal of religious life. On this occasion, we bishops are addressing this letter both to the many dedicated men and women in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands especially consecrated to God but also to all the faithful People of God in all of our dioceses.
In his Encyclical Letter, Redemptoris Missio (1990), Pope Saint John Paul II reminded us that:
"...there must be no lessening of the impetus to preach the Gospel and to establish new churches among peoples or communities where they do not yet exist, for this is the first task of the Church - which has been sent forth to all peoples and to the very ends of the earth" (RM, 34). He goes on to say:
"The missions ask not only for a contribution but a sharing in the work of preaching and charity toward the poor. All that we have received from God - life itself as well as material goods - does not belong to us but is given to us for our use" (RM, 81)
In his Apostolic Exortation, Evangelii Gaudium (2013), Pope Francis says:
"In virtue of their Baptism, all the members of the People of God have become missionary disciples (cf. Mt 28:19). The new evangelization calls for personal involvement on the part of each of the baptized" (EG, 120).
We realize that you may not be able to come to Papua New Guinea. But, as the missionary disciple that you already are, I invite you to share in our mission here in the Diocese of Mendi. Our needs are great - building churches, convents, priest houses, schools, health centers; educating seminarians and catechists; caring for the poor and sick; providing transportation for our dedicated priests and Sisters to travel to the bush to conduct their pastoral work, etc. Still, God's goodness and Providence always overwhelms us.
I invite you to share in our mission through your offering of prayers and daily sacrifices. Prayer of this kind unites us and it makes you truly present to us in our life and ministry here. If you are able, I also humbly ask for a sharing in our 'preaching and charity toward the poor' in a material way.
If you would like to send this kind of a sharing, you can do so through our mission office in the USA. The contact details are below.
In any case, know that you are in our grateful thoughts and prayers as we all continue to respond to the great call of Pope Francis, echoing the call of Jesus himself for us to become His missionary disciples.
Fraternally and gratefully in Christ, the first and best missionary,
Seraphic Mass Association
c/o Father John Pfannenstiel, OFM Cap.
3600 Butler Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
United States of America
+1 412 683-4024
FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) from the USA arrived in Mendi less than two weeks ago. They jumped right into their mission: working with the people of Sare outstation of Sumi Pastoral Area to build a permanent church building, replacing bush-material church which was literally falling down. With the help of many hands, and under the leadership
Eighteen men and women participated in an intense Child Protection Training Workshop in Mendi. The training was sponsored by the Diocese of Mendi and conducted jointly by the Diocesan Secretariats of Family Life and Caritas. The participants came from all three deaneries of the diocese and were trained as Child Protection volunteers. They will return to their respective parishes and conduct awareness trainings with their fellow parishioners and other interested people. A large part of the training
In the June 2015 of Tokaut Newsletter (in Pidgin) you can read about the recent Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis (Laudato Si) on the Care of our Common Home; the recent Pastoral Letter of the Catholic Bishops of PNG-SI regarding the Death Penalty and many articles of interest concerning the Church in the Southern Highlands and Hela Province. ...
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Tokaut is the name of the newsletter of the Catholic Diocese of Mendi. It is published bi-monthly in Melanesian Pidgin by the Communications Office of the diocese.
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Southern Highlands Province
Fr. John Wenambo - Parish Priest
Tel: +675 7192 0173
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Southern Highlands Province
Fr. Francy Nambiaparambil - Parish Priest
Tel: +675 7399 1830